MONDAY MUSINGS: Strange Happenings in Genealogy Research

 Strange Happenings in Genealogy Research


Patricia Westgate Sayko

I had been searching for the parents of a man in my lineage and thought we knew the answer, but we could not locate them in the state where they were supposed to be.

I was walking along the bookshelves in a historical Library & found one book on a shelf “sticking out from all the others”. I was going to shove it back, but for a strange moment felt someone saying open the book. Lo & behold, the missing folks were listed in the cemetery in that state.genealogy book

Some months later we visited the cemetery & found the tombstones; a few mysteries were solved–the wife was somewhat older than the husband which led me to discover that her surname was from a prior marriage & that’s why we could not attach her to her parents.

At that moment, another strange happening–someone silently “I’m not who you are really looking for, it’s my brother”.

All along the Ancestry boards stated they were the correct parents of my missing person, but we checked this man’s will in the new state & his children were listed, not including my person. I still don’t have documents to make the parental connection to his brother, but someone out there was trying to help. Lots of strange happenings.

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3 Responses to MONDAY MUSINGS: Strange Happenings in Genealogy Research

  1. I have heard many family researchers say that at times, they thought that their ancestors were trying to help them; it has certainly happened to me.

  2. Peggy Harmon says:

    Cannot tell you how many times a prior marriage surname has solved mysteries for me also!

  3. Barbara Clepper says:

    A number of times, I’ve had books jump out at me or fall open to my ancestor’s page. It gives you an odd, but thankful feeling.

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